The gamer known as Thresh made a name for himself in the mid nineties when he handily dominated a national tournament in id Software's Doom2, snatching the grand prize: the Ferrari of one of the game's creators, John Carmack. His domination carried over into the immensely popular follow-up game, Quake. For several months after the release of Quake2, Thresh never participated in a public match of the game, which bore striking differences to its predecessors. Many wondered if Thresh's domination would continue. This film is Thresh's first public appearance on the Quake2 scene.
Billox, after making a convincing rise to the top of the other British Quakeadelica entrants, was given the opportunity to face off with the gaming celebrity and former champion. The original recording, made by a Planetquake observer named SumFuka, didn't provide much viewable material, due to a bug in the current recording setup.
If there was ever a demo the world wanted to see, it was this historical match-up. Overman decided to take the source material for Thresh's first public Quake2 appearance, and make it his first publically released recam. The praise and critical acclaim received by this film are what ultimately led to the formation of the machinima production group, Zarathustra Studios (http://z-studios.com). It remains one of the most popular recams of all time.
Available in highlight reel or full match.
Game Engine & Assets: Quake II by id Software (www.idsoftware.com)
Combatants: Dennis "Thresh" Fong and "Billox"
Demo Recording: "SumFuka"
Recam, Post-Production: Phil "Overman" Rice
Originally recorded and produced in 1998. Remastered in 2006 using the game modification Quake2Max version 0.44, a MODScape production.
32-bit retexturing by FuShanks.
Music (all music is Creative Commons licensed):
- Highlight reel:
"In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg
From Peer Gynt Suite #1
Arranged by Phil "Overman" Rice
- Full match:
"56 to -1" by Overman (intro / outtro)
And Featuring iNTROSPEKT (magnatune.com)
From the album: iDEOLOGY
Used with permission (Creative Commons License)
Album available at www.magnatune.com